The Call

Born when I was, I did much of my growing up in the 60’s [I remember a bit of life in the 50’s, but given my age, nothing before the advent of me seemed too terribly important]. As an emerging teenager, I was impacted by the rhythms and the engaging

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Caught With No Excuse

A few years ago I had occasion to drive to a Christian retreat center just south of Sumas [I would have taken a deep breath and captured a lung full of Canadian air had I not been in cow country]. It was a lovely day and unlike former forays north

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Open Our Eyes Lord

Things, all sorts of things, are not always as they seem. Sometimes they are quite different than we imagine and we miss the truth that lies behind or within them. So it was for the father of my brainy friend [so much nicer term to use than nerdy, don’t you

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Passing the Examination

I had a friend when I was a middle school student [we called it Junior High] who was both intelligent [smart] and very clever [very smart]. In many ways he was the epitome of what today we might call a “nerd” but by all accounts he came by it honestly:

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Always Be Prepared

  The United States Peace Corps has been in existence since 1961, serving in seventy four countries of the world. People from all walks of life, from college students to retirees, volunteer to offer their skills in areas of agriculture, business development, community development, education, environment, health, information technology, and

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How Terribly Sad

It seems that almost every day you can read about some actor, athlete, politician or mega-business person who “falls from grace” or at least falls out of the ivory tower that [let the truth be known] we have constructed for their living pleasure. Exorbitant salaries and exquisite lifestyles do not

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It’s All About One’s Image

It used to be that clothes were not that complex: animal skins [with some bone for an attractive accent], perhaps some grasses or leaves for a proper coordinate, and topped off with a few shells [if you really wanted to strut your stuff]. Labels were quite unnecessary. Everything was hand

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Proper Attire

I have witnessed an incredible number of changes, virtually in every aspect of life, since the days when I was a youngster [for one thing, they no longer teach that the world is flat but round]. I remember when everything was much larger, before the days when inches became centimeters

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Stones I Have Known

Stones. I like them. I like them very much. I particularly like stones when they have their otherwise dull outward appearance washed by a lively stream thereby revealing incredible design and color that catches you completely by surprise [reminiscent of what happens when we are washed in the Blood of

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Posturing

They say that confession is good for the soul [and no, I do not want to get into any defense of a tripartite argument for the nature of man – or woman – over that of a bipartite anthropology, at least not at this moment]. I heartily believe it to

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